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plainspaddler
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08/29/2017 09:22AM  
I bought it at Piragis before our trip on 08/19. I was looking around the store and bought it on a whim. I'm sure glad I did. It works like a dream and there are no parts to lose! I processed a lot of wood with it and it was very comfortable to use. It packs down nice and I stored it on the side of my Frost River Buschcrafter pack. It could be stored on the sides of almost any pack with a bottom pocket and side cinch straps.

Boreal21 Saw

Mike
 
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Northwoodsman
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08/29/2017 06:44PM  
I love mine as well. The first time I used it (or attempted to) I didn't have the last section seated correctly and when I closed the handle to lock it, there was too much tension on the blade and it snapped. Lesson learned. I purchased 2 new blades (1 for a spare) and splurged on the sheath for it this past year. It's a great saw. Beats the Sven saw because there are no loose parts. Pull the saw out and you can be cutting in less than 5 seconds.
 
plainspaddler
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08/29/2017 07:05PM  
Did you buy the canvas sheath or the leather one?

Mike
 
Northwoodsman
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08/29/2017 09:25PM  
I was cheap, I purchased the canvas one.
 
08/29/2017 09:36PM  
I've been thinking about getting one, thanks for the review.

T
 
08/30/2017 07:51AM  
Awesome saw, easy to pack, Ben told me about this saw a couple years ago.
 
plainspaddler
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08/30/2017 09:58AM  
I really like the design. I was going to get a Bob Destrude saw which is a bit lighter but it had some things that I didn't like. The handle could possibly swell being wood and it could be tough to collapse. Changing out the blade in the bush could be a major pain unless you had two multi-tools. The blade swap out on the Boreal21 is easy-peasy!

Mike
 
mgraber
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09/06/2017 11:49PM  
Two more thumbs up here, we love ours.
 
olsonm37
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06/24/2020 12:42PM  
Going to revisit this thread. Anyone have insight on the different blades that are offered? Deciding between the "All Purpose" and the "Sydney Rancher II". Would likely only ever be used in BWCA (2-3 trips a year).

Thanks in advance!
 
Tomcat
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06/24/2020 01:19PM  
 
olsonm37
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06/24/2020 02:39PM  
Tomcat: "olsonm37: "Going to revisit this thread. Anyone have insight on the different blades that are offered? Deciding between the "All Purpose" and the "Sydney Rancher II". Would likely only ever be used in BWCA (2-3 trips a year).



Thanks in advance!"



I have had my saw for a few years. I have the Sydney Rancher aggressive and the dry wood blades. I don't process a lot of wood so I prefer the smoother action of the dry wood blade.


I made a case for my saw but feel that a case is unnecessary. The saw is well designed and when collapsed the blade is protected and there are no sharp edges that concern me. I just slide it vertically inside my backpack .




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When you say the dry wood is smoother to cut with than the Sidney Rancher, do you mean the SR gets stuck a lot? Do you prefer that blade for 4-7 day trips?
 
Tomcat
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06/24/2020 02:56PM  
 
olsonm37
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06/25/2020 09:53AM  
Thanks Tomcat, looks like all I use firewood for as well. Will go with the dry wood blade!
 
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